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The versatile color hard copy
Spectrum— the color hard copy
printer/plotter that does it all.
Now, a full spectrum of color is yours with
the newest Versatec electrostatic color
Spectrum serves as a high quality plotter, a
versatile CRT hard copy device or a fast
printer— all in one printer/plotter. With the
quiet, reliable operation of electrostatic
plotting. And with Versatec's proven electro-
static color plotting techniques.
Plot brilliant color charts in one minute. Print
fast data listings or reports at 17 pages per
minute. Or copy your display terminal-
all with the same versatile hard copy unit-
Only Versatec Spectrum handles any mix of
graphics or text on A (11 " x 8 1 /2") or B
(11 " x 17") size output, in color or mono-
chrome. Spectrum can also accommodate
297mm wide media to produce A4 (297mm x
210mm) and A3 (297mm x 420mm) output
for international operation. And you can
print over 200 pages without changing paper
or replenishing toners.
Spectrum enables shared usage and com-
plements most popular workstations. Like all
Versatec electrostatic plotters, Spectrum is
compatible with most systems and supports
Small unit size— Versatec Spectrum can be
placed on a desk, or on an optional floor
The Versatec advantage.
Versatec Spectrum provides these
• high speed, independent of plot density
• unattended operation
• reliable operation with lower maintenance
than other technologies (no pens to be
cleaned or inked)
• high speed controllers off-load rasterization
from host computers
• Versatec supplies assures output quality
and protects plotting system life
• backed by the leader in electrostatic color
plotting— shipping monochrome electro-
static plotters since 1970— color, since
• Versatec service located worldwide to
protect your system uptime
Choose from plotters offering 200 or 400
point per inch resolution— and without loss
of plotting speed. Use 200 point per inch
resolution for CAD, mechanical drawings
or electrical schematics. Long the industry
standard, 200 point per inch resolution
enables sharp, full color copies. Higher
resolution— 400 point per inch— enables
smoother curves, improved character for-
mation—important for such applications as
graphics arts, VLSI design and solids model-
ing. Higher resolution also makes available
more addressable dots for a broader range
of color. Only Spectrum offers a choice
enabling you to select the resolution needed
for your application.
Plotting performance you can
Any image that can be digitized can be
plotted. Versatec Spectrum speed is a func-
tion of paper movement, not mechanical
pens or drums. Schematics, maps, charts,
on paper or film, can be produced with high,
200 or 400 point per inch resolution. Plot
times are independent of data density.
Versatec Spectrum produces an 11 " x 8V2"
page in full color in 75 seconds or an 11 "
x 17" page, in less than 90 seconds.
Use graphics to create legends, analyze
data, compare information, easily identify
trends. Color adds a new dimension to
your data. It allows faster, more accurate
decisions. Color enhances reports and pres-
entations. Spectrum saves hours of repeti-
tious drawing; while enabling you to make
changes within seconds.
Unattended operation. Leave Spectrum in
operation overnight to produce complex
charts without worry of jets clogging, pens
skipping, ink donor rolls wrinkling, paper
jamming or supplies running out. A dedi-
cated operator is not needed. Spectrum
provides the versatility and throughput
ssing in other units.
Hard copy that's not hard to get.
Get a full color hard copy record for analysis
or presentation with your Versatec Spec-
trum. Copy your monochrome or color CRT
display. You'll see data represented in detail.
An optional video controller includes a
frame buffer enabling images to be captured
in less than one second. You or others can
continue to work with the display as one
or multiple copies are produced.
A parallel data multiplexer allows users to
daisy-chain additional video controllers
to capture images from multiple video
sources. It also allows Spectrum to be con-
nected to a host computer so one Spectrum
can be shared among printing, plotting and
Hard copy you can keep— Versatec Spectrum
hard copies are archival and won't fade with
time. And if security is an issue— you need
not worry about a negative image on donor
rolls or ribbons being copied or read.
Need a copy in a hurry? Versatec Spectrum
produces an 11" x 8V2" page in mono-
chrome in 5 seconds or an 11 " x 17" page in
monochrome in 10 seconds. Spectrum
emulates Versatec's V-80 printer/plotter.
Monochrome output can also be continuous
for long plots such as well logs or PERT/
Software listings, parts lists, reports and
other text are produced with a built-in char-
acter generator at 1100 lines per minute/
17 pages per minute. Characters are well-
formed using a 16 x 20 dot matrix on 200
point per inch plotters and 32 x 40 on 400
point per inch plotters for improved charac-
ter definition and easy readability. Print
132 characters on an 11" x 8 1 /2" page for
easier handling and filing. No need to make
reduced copies of standard line printer
Only Versatec Spectrum can handle any mix
of graphics or text on A (11 " x 8V2") or B
(11 " x 17") size output, in color or mono-
chrome in response to the input data stream.
And you can print over 200 pages without
changing paper or replenishing toners. Oper-
ator intervention is not needed to change
paper, add paper, change pens or ink donor
rolls when switching among color and mono-
chrome, A or B or continuous output.
Your choice of media.
Three popular media are available for
Spectrum— enabling you to maximize system
productivity and budget. Choose clear film
for mapping overlays, or overhead transpar-
encies. Opaque paper, clear and matte
film can be used in both monochrome and
Many popular computer systems and soft-
ware support output to Versatec plotters.
Additionally, Spectrum is compatible with
both Versatec color and monochrome plot-
ters—enabling you to make the most of your
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A full spectrum of functions
from one device.
Here's how it operates.
Spectrum draws without pens or nozzles.
Instead, solid colors that would take hours or
be impossible to produce on a pen plotter,
can be produced in under a minute. Versatec
software provides for seven line colors and
256 pre-defined area colors. An additional
256 colors may be defined by the user out
of a possible palette of over 1000 colors.
Color shading is added without loss of
Programmed voltage is applied to an array
of densely spaced writing nibs embedded in
the writing head. Upon digital command,
the nibs selectively create electrostatic dots
on the paper as it passes over the head.
The paper is then exposed to liquid toner,
producing a permanent image. The output is
dry and ready for use as it emerges. Color
quality is archival and will not fade with time.
A multiple pass technique is used to produce
multi-color output. Each pass writes one
color and automatically rewinds to plot start-
ing position. Four passes, each writing one
color from one of four toning stations,
overlay the four colors. Automatic precision
tracking maintains registration.
An integral media cutter, provides crisp
copies cut to your specification. Cutter oper-
ation can be automatic (A or B size plots)
or to specified length under program control.
Output is stacked underneath the plotter in
the optional floor stand.
An internally generated test pattern helps
isolate printer/plotter problems— minimizing
possible system downtime.
Simple operator control minimizes operator
training time so you can concentrate on
your work— not learning to use a new system.
Features to fit your need.
Several features are available to ensure your
color hard copy fits your needs. Let us
demonstrate these standard features and
show you how they can fit your needs:
Mirror image— enables image reversal,
particularly useful for creating film overlays
or enhancing output for blue-line
Line enhancement— provides wider line
widths for added emphasis or higher contrast
when producing photo copies, blue-line
reproductions or microfilm.
Raster data translator— allows selection of
100 point per inch data input on 200 point per
inch plotters and 200 point per inch data
input on 400 point per inch units.
These options are available and enable
flexible, cost effective operation:
Optional character sets.
Floor stand — positions Spectrum for easy
use, collecting all output neatly.
We've been designing interfaces to drive
electrostatic plotters since 1969. The list of
compatible computers continues to grow.
Interfaces and controllers link Spectrum with
specific computer and operating systems.
These data handlers provide electrical and
physical connection between the computer
and the plotter.
CRT hard copy controllers enable production
of hard copy from most popular storage
tube and raster scan displays.
Remote communications controllers and
fiber optics modems allow data over tele-
Raster Processing Machine (RPM) offloads
rasterization from the host computer when
plotting complex graphics. Low cost, mid-
range and high performance processors
allow users to match performance with
V-80 printer/plotter emulation— up to 1100
lines per minute printing and continuous
Compatible with other Versatec color plot-
ters—accepts Versatec color data protocol.
Multiplexers— help share input and/or output
resources including computers, data sources,
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Support when you need it.
Integrated Versaplot software packages
make it easy to get your electrostatic plotter
in operation. Fast FORTRAN-callable sub-
routines compatible with basic pen plotter
routines allow most user and commercial
programs to be used with Spectrum.
Electrographic supplies for Spectrum have
been developed specifically by Versatec.
Choose from three media— including opaque
paper or clear and matte back film. Toner
replacement is kept simple— just add one
bottle of toner to the reservoir. The toner low
light indicates which toner reservoir is low.
A valve on each toner bottle ensures toner
flows only when the bottle is pressed into the
reservoir. This valve eliminates spills and
facilitates quick, clean toner replenishment.
This special patented system* was devel-
oped for ease of use. Uncertain as to the
type of supplies needed? Call toll free (800)
538-6468 or in California call toll free (800)
672-3307. Supplies sales professionals can
answer your questions on supplies media,
inventory assistance and storage. Regional
warehouses expedite your order.
Easy to maintain.
Low parts count and modular design con-
tribute to reliability and rapid identification
and repair should a fault occur. Diagnostics
are included for testing and simple mainte-
nance. However, if you would like additional
support, you can choose from one of the
many available service plans.
Your system performance is important to us.
Versatec has conveniently located service
centers that provide prompt, qualified instal-
lation. Versatec offers several service
packages including a choice of on-call or full
maintenance service plans. For specific
information about service centers in the
United States and worldwide, please call
your local Versatec sales engineer.
Ask about our special OEM support. Call
(800) 538-6477 or in California, call (800)
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dual array writing head
40,000 points per square inch (200 ppi) 160,000 points per square inch (400 ppi)
Black, cyan, magenta, yellow
2 1 /2 inches per second
11 inches or 297 mm
A-size (11 " x 8V2") 75 sec (color); 5 sec (monochrome)
B-size (11 " x 17") 90 sec (color); 10 sec (monochrome)
A4-size (297mm x 210mm) 75 sec. (color); 5 sec (monochrome)
A3-size (297mm x 420mm) 90 sec (color); 10 sec (monochrome)
Standard Versatec parallel; Versatec color data protocol; V-80 emulation in monochrome
Clear and matte back film
Specifications subject to change.
(prints, plots, produces CRT hard copy)
« output flexibility
(A or B size pages, color or monochrome,
text or graphics)
« cost per copy
(as low as 7<M0$ in full color— 3C-5C in monochrome-
less than ink jet, pen or thermal transfer color output.)
^f easy to use
(fast, quiet, high quality output)
w choice of media
(three to choose from including opaque paper and clear film)
(easy to change media; fast, clean toner replenishment)
(toll free numbers and order assistance)
(worldwide service support)
(software and controllers, available)
trust in company
(specialists since 1969— over 40,000 installations
around the world)
A XEROX COMPANY
2710 Walsh Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Telephone: (408) 988-2800
Call toll-free (800) 538-6477
in California call (800) 341-6060
Behind your investment.
Versatec has demonstrated continued indus-
try leadership by introducing the world's
first electrostatic color plotter in 1982. In
1985, Versatec announced two additional
widths— 24 and 36 inches in our second
generation electrostatic color plotter family.
Versatec is the only company with a field
proven installed base of electrostatic color
Supporting this family of products is a com-
pany totally dedicated to electrostatic
technology— including interfaces, software,
electrographic supplies, service and acces-
sories. Let us configure a plotting system
to fit your needs.
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